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cho·li·ner·gic

 (kō′lə-nûr′jĭk)
adj.
1. Activated by or capable of liberating acetylcholine, especially in the parasympathetic nervous system.
2. Having physiological effects similar to those of acetylcholine: a cholinergic agent or drug.

[(acetyl)cholin(e) + -ergic.]

cho′li·ner′gi·cal·ly adv.

cholinergic

(ˌkəʊlɪˈnɜːdʒɪk)
adj
1. (Physiology) denoting nerve fibres that release acetylcholine when stimulated
2. (Physiology) of or relating to the type of chemical activity associated with acetylcholine and similar substances
[C20: from (acetyl)cholin(e) + Greek ergon work]

cho•lin•er•gic

(ˌkoʊ ləˈnɜr dʒɪk, ˌkɒl ə-)

adj.
1. resembling acetylcholine in physiological effect: a cholinergic drug.
2. releasing acetylcholine: a cholinergic neuron.
3. activated by acetylcholine: a cholinergic receptor.
[1930–35; (acetyl) choline + -ergic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cholinergic - releasing or activated by acetylcholine or a related compound
anticholinergic - inhibiting or blocking the action of acetylcholine at a receptor site; "anticholinergic drugs"
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Cholinergic agents exhibit the actions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Murphy, "In vitro and in vivo modulation of cholinergic muscarinic receptors in rat lymphocytes and brain by cholinergic agents," International Journal of Immunopharmacology, vol.
This maintains excitable cells in a depolarized state, in which they behave like cholinergic agents and cause dose-dependent hypotension, bradycardia and respiratory-rate depression (3).
24) Cholinergic agents are also being developed for PET imaging and may provide additional evidence for the cholinergic hypothesis of AD, as well as provide insight into the functional mechanisms of novel drug therapies directed to the cholinergic system.